Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, November 17, 2019—Dozens of cities across Iran are witnessing massive protests in response to a recently imposed gas price hike by the mullahs’ regime. Protesters are targeting the regime in its entirety in their political slogans against Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as the source of all their miseries.
Khamenei voiced deep concerns on Sunday over the escalating uprising now spreading to 93 cities checkered throughout the country. Protesters have destroyed 101 regime centers in various locations. Security forces have killed at least 27 protesters in clashes with demonstrators.
Linking the recent protests to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) he said, “On social media and other platforms they are constantly encouraging people into these protests.” The mullahs’ top figure also backed the regime’s recent decision to increase fuel prices by up to threefold, making it crystal clear the decision has his blessing and there is no intention to listen to the Iranian people’s demands.
Update (10:00 PM CET):
In Karaj, west of Tehran, brave protesters were seen forcing the regime’s forces to flee.
In the town of Fardis near Karaj, over two thousand people protesting in the main square were able to take control over the area. All the youth were defending their ranks against the regime’s forces, especially confronting anti-riot units and plainclothes agents. Protests and gatherings are intensifying in this area and many of the regime’s administrative offices have been torched.
Update (9:30 PM CET):
The unrest in Iran continues as protesters in Isfahan, central Iran, set fire to the regime’s banks and gas stations. The highways from Isfahan to other major cities such as Tehran and Shiraz are closed. All schools and universities are closed. A total of 15 banks and gas stations were torched by protesters on Sunday.
In another sign of their complete hatred of the ruling regime, protesters torched two centers belonging to the mullahs’ apparatus in the cities of Shiraz and Kazerun.
The scene was as intense in Karaj where protesters stormed and torched the regime’s judiciary and banks. Brave youths also attacked police trailers and forced the regime’s oppressive units to flee the scene.
In Nasimshahr, located southwest of the Iranian capital Tehran, protesters torched various administrative buildings belonging to the mullahs’ regime.
In the city of Kermanshah, western Iran, clashes between protesters and the security forces have been escalating and reports indicate they are far more forceful in comparison to Saturday.
In Eslamshahr, also located southwest of Tehran, protesters stormed and torched a base belonging to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij paramilitary units. A trailer and a vehicle belonging to the regime’s oppressive police were also set on fire by the protesters.
In the town of Pardis near Karaj, west of Tehran, reports indicate intense clashes between protesters and the regime’s oppressive forces.
In Robat Karim where reports indicate the locals have take control over this city that is located southwest of the Iranian capital Tehran, brave youths were involved in intense clashes with security forces. Three of the protesters were reportedly injured. Locals were seen opening their homes to protect the protesting youth.
Update (6:30 PM CET):
In various locations, protesters are blocking roads in different ways. In Tehran, protesters blocked the Lalehzar Street by setting fire to trash bins. Another group of protesters blocked the Niyayesh Highway. In Karaj, protesters lit fires and blocked the Derakhti street.
Protesters are also getting the active support of students in different Iranian cities. In Tehran, students of Tehran University held a rally in support of the demonstrators and chanted anti-regime songs. In Tabriz, students of Tabriz University demonstrated and chanted, "Don't be afraid, we're all together," and "Students, workers, Unity!"
According to reports received from Gorgan, northern Iran, angry protesters clashed with security forces. Even though the people are barehanded, they've driven back the regime's repressive forces and forced them to retreat.
Update (4:30 PM CET):
Students of Tabriz University in northwest Iran voiced their support for the popular uprising by holding a gathering and chanting, “No fear! We’re all together!” and “College students! Workers! Unite, Unite!”
In Shiraz, south-central Iran, protesters are continuing their rallies and blocking many roads by torching tires. Various parts of the city are effectively out of the regime’s control.
In Shahriar, a city west of Tehran, protesters were seen chanting, "Mullahs must get lost!"
In Andimeshk, a city of Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran, people were also holding protests on Saturday and blocking roads, reports indicate.
Update (3:30 PM CET):
A large number of people in the city of Eslamshahr, southwest of Tehran, have taken control over various streets.
In Shahriar, west of the Iranian capital Tehran, people are demonstrating in the city’s Vali Asr Street and chanting: “No fear! We’re all together!” This demonstration was held despite the fact that anti-riot units were opening fire on the people. Demonstrators were throwing stones in self-defense.
In Shiraz, south-central Iran protesters were chanting “Down with Khamenei!” raising their demands from economic issues to political issues, seeking the regime’s entire overthrow.
Shiraz, south-central #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 17, 2019
Protesters are chanting, "Down with Khamenei!" targeting thre mullahs' supreme leader and calling for the regime's complete overthrow.#IranProtestspic.twitter.com/Iq2M8iI8N0
Protesters are also blocking the Tehran-Saveh road heading out to the southwest areas of the capital.
Protests are continuing on Sunday as college students in Sanandaj, western Iran, held a gathering chanting, “Down with high prices!”
In Tehran, the country’s capital, merchants of the bazaar, known as the heart of the city’s economy, have closed down and launched a strike in solidarity with the protests over gas price hikes.
In the city of Gachsaran, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province in southwest Iran, youths are seen launching a demonstration and marching towards downtown areas. One large trash canister near a gas station has been set ablaze. All banks and administration offices are closed in this city.
Following Khamenei’s latest remarks on Sunday morning, the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament) has voiced support for the gas price hike decision.
“The plan to ration fuel has been adopted by the Supreme National Security Council, approved by the heads of the three administrative branches and [Khamenei]. The Majlis supports this decision,” said Assadollah Abbasi, spokesperson of the Majlis’s Board of Executives.
The state-run ILNA news agency cited “informed sources” without providing names and wrote, “Recent insecurity and unrest have resulted in the Security Council deciding to shut down access to the internet.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized on the United States supporting the Iranian people’s protests against the mullahs’ regime.
“As I said to the people of Iran almost a year and a half ago: The United States is with you,” he said.
As I said to the people of Iran almost a year and a half ago: The United States is with you. https://t.co/D972wPyLxm— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 16 November 2019
Senator Tom Cotton also voiced his support of the Iranian people’s uprising.
“The Iranian people are tired of the regime ignoring their basic needs while funneling vast sums to terrorists throughout the Middle East. We must stand with the brave protestors demanding accountability from the ayatollahs,” he said.
The Iranian people are tired of the regime ignoring their basic needs while funneling vast sums to terrorists throughout the Middle East. We must stand with the brave protestors demanding accountability from the ayatollahs.— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) 17 November 2019
The internet in Iran has been shut down by the mullahs’ regime as their concerns over escalating protests continue. Three mobile phone service companies have also cut off all access to the internet.
“Iran is now in the midst of a near-total national internet shutdown; realtime network data show connectivity at 7% of ordinary levels after twelve hours of progressive network disconnections as public protests continue,” according to Netblocks.org.
Confirmed: #Iran is now in the midst of a near-total national internet shutdown; realtime network data show connectivity at 7% of ordinary levels after twelve hours of progressive network disconnections as public protests continue #IranProtests 📉— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) 16 November 2019
📰 https://t.co/1Al0DT8an1 pic.twitter.com/u6bVsfvOOm
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus condemned the Iranian regime’s latest measures of cutting off the internet.
“The U.S. stands with the long-suffering Iranian people as they protest the latest injustice by the corrupt regime in power. We condemn the attempted shutdown of the internet. Let them speak!” she said.
The U.S. stands with the long-suffering Iranian people as they protest the latest injustice by the corrupt regime in power. We condemn the attempted shutdown of the internet. Let them speak! #IranProtests https://t.co/jmNvFTueBl— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) 16 November 2019
Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, called for joint U.S./EU measures to provide internet access to the Iranian people as a method to support this nation’s call for freedom.
We have the technical ability to turn the internet on for the people of Iran. And ensure it is free of government blockers. Europe and America should do it together. @realDonaldTrump @RegSprecher @SecPompeo @HeikoMaas https://t.co/RsJgLFs3rN— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) 17 November 2019